Ruby Lee the Bumble Bee: A Bee's Bit of Wisdom

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Inspired from the life lessons of Mary Kay Ash, this Special Tribute Edition was created to benefit the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation which seeks to eliminate cancers affecting women and to end the epidemic of violence against women.

Winner of Two Benjamin Franklin Awards, the International Gallery Award and named "Most Outstanding Children's Book" at the Mom's Choice Awards!

Recommended By:
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Ashley wants to give up in the face of a challenge, but with Ruby Lee's encouragement she learns to face her fears and she grows as a result.

This critically acclaimed, international award-winning, best seller encourages children to face life's challenges with courage and faith.
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Ashley, a young girl, likes to help her neighbor Mrs. Wagner putter in the garden. One day Mrs. Wagner invites Ashley to work on a group of flower planters by herself, but when Ashley starts to question whether she actually can pot the flowers correctly, a friendly bee named Ruby Lee comes to her aid by reminding her that she does know how to plant the flowers and that she is capable or responding to the challenge. When Mrs. Wagner returns and congratulates Ashley on a job well done, Ashley asks her if she knows that bumble bees really are not supposed to be able to fly. Mrs. Wagner's response is yes, and that the bumble bee has the courage because God whispered to the bee that "You can do it," and because the bee trusted God, it was able to fly. Ashley takes this knowledge in, knowing that if she just "bee-lieves," she can accomplish anything she needs to. The illustrations throughout this text are beautiful, and the book ends with a glossary of words useful to know when reading the text. 2005, Bumble Bee Publishing, Ages 6 to 9.
—Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780975434208
  • Publisher: Bumble Bee Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Edition description: Illustrated
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.02 (w) x 8.72 (h) x 0.34 (d)

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Ruby Lee The Bumble Bee

A Bee's Bit of Wisdom
By Dawn Matheson

Bumble Bee Productions, Inc.

Copyright © 2005 Bumble Bee Productions, Inc.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-9754342-1-5

Chapter One


It was a perfect day in Mrs. Wagner's garden.

The garden was dazzling in its new spring colors.

Under a clear sky of robin's-egg blue, the trees wore leaves of fresh emerald green, and flowers bloomed in every color of the rainbow.

Ashley lived next door to Mrs. Wagner and often stopped by to visit. The two had become great friends.

Most Saturdays you could find them sipping raspberry tea on the patio as they watched their furry, feathered and buzzing friends take delight in the garden.

Mrs. Wagner said the garden was their playground.

The bunnies tumbled through the clover and played hide-and-seek under the periwinkle.

The squirrels leapt from tree to tree, impressing Mrs. Wagner and Ashley with their athletic prowess.

The birds sang beautiful cantatas as they cheerfully played in the fountain. Ashley and Mrs. Wagner couldn't help but smile.

Ashley especially enjoyed the bumble bees. She found it remarkable how they tirelessly danced from flower to flower collecting pollen and nectar.

Mrs. Wagner said they were God's most industrious creatures.

After tea, Mrs. Wagner asked Ashley if she would pot some flowers to decorate the patio.

"I don't know!" Ashley said with a gasp. "I-I don't think I can. I mean, your garden is so beautiful. Icould never make something so pretty. And what if I ruin the flowers?"

"Oh honey, that's just silly," said Mrs. Wagner. "Of course you can do it. You've helped me so many times, I'm sure you know just what to do.

"Now, I have a few chores to take care of inside. I'll be back to check on you in a while."

With that, Mrs. Wagner picked up the tea set and went into the house, leaving Ashley with the pots and flowers.

Although Ashley usually knew what to do, now that she was alone she doubted her memory. How much dirt should she use in each pot? How hard was she supposed to pack it down? How deep should she set each flower?

Oh, why hadn't she paid more attention? She wanted to cry out of frustration. "I'll just make a mess of it. I'm no good at anything!"

"Tsk, tsk," she heard a sweet voice say.

Turning, she hoped to find Mrs. Wagner coming to relieve her from this impossible task.

But Mrs. Wagner was nowhere around.

"Who's there?" Ashley cried out.

"Calm down," said the voice. "I'm over here."

"Where?" asked Ashley. "I don't see anyone."

"Over here on the butterfly bush," the voice answered.

Ashley moved closer to the flowering shrub and inspected it closely. There she saw a bumble bee.

"Good morning!" said the bee.

Ashley had to sit down to keep from falling over in shock. "A bee. I'm chatting with a bee," she said in disbelief.

"Exactly!" said the bee. "But not just any bee - I'm a bumble bee!"

"I don't mean to be rude, Miss Ashley, but I couldn't help overhearing your dilemma."

"I've seen you in the garden many times. I know Mrs. Wagner wouldn't ask you to do anything you're not capable of."

Still in shock, Ashley somehow managed to remember her manners, and she asked the bee its name.

"I'm Ruby Lee. Ruby Lee the Bumble Bee!"

Ashley looked closely at Ruby Lee. She was a beautiful specimen.

Dressed in fuzzy yellow and black, her little round body seemed huge under its dainty silver wings.

Her big, bee eyes were bright and friendly, and her cheeks were ruby-red - like her name. Her smile was as sweet as honey.

Just looking at her made Ashley feel better, and for a time she forgot she was speaking with a bumble bee.

"Now, Miss Ashley, is there any reason you couldn't pot those flowers for Mrs. Wagner?" Ruby Lee asked.

"Well," said Ashley, "I'm not good at anything. What if I break a pot? What if I ruin her beautiful flowers? What if-"

"Enough!" said Ruby Lee.

"Life is full of challenges. It's up to us to turn every challenge into an opportunity. We bees learn this very early on."

"For example, did you know that bumble bees aren't able to fly?" asked Ruby Lee.

"What do you mean?" asked Ashley with a puzzled look. "I know you can fly - I've seen you!"

"Well, of course we do fly, but technically we're not supposed to be able to," explained the bee.

"Huh?" responded Ashley.

"Scientifically speaking, our bodies are far too big for our little wings. We shouldn't be able to fly."

"That's amazing," said Ashley.

"Yes, it is," agreed Ruby Lee.

"Although none of us is perfect, God created all His creatures with special gifts. And though at times things seem impossible, we can accomplish amazing things if we trust God and believe in ourselves," explained Ruby Lee.

"Of course you can pot those flowers for Mrs. Wagner. You are a talented and bright young lady! I'll sit here with you while you work," said Ashley's tiny new friend.

After pondering the wise words of Ruby Lee the Bumble Bee, Ashley was inspired. She scooped potting soil into each pot, then selected the flowers she thought prettiest.

As she set each plant on top of the soil, she held it gently so the roots wouldn't be damaged.

Gradually, she remembered everything that Mrs. Wagner had shown her.

She and Ruby Lee had a wonderful time chatting while Ashley worked.

With each pot, Ashley gained more confidence.

In the end, only one pot suffered a minor chip, and the flowers were beautiful!

"Well done!" exclaimed Ruby Lee. "Well done."

Ashley couldn't help but smile. Her heart was filled with pride.

She had done it!

At that moment, Mrs. Wagner returned to the garden. "Oh Ashley, what a wonderful job! I knew you could do it."

As Mrs. Wagner and Ashley arranged the pots around the patio, Ruby Lee hovered close by.

"Mrs. Wagner?" asked Ashley. "Did you know that bumble bees aren't able to fly?"

"Well yes, Ashley, I do know that. My mother told me the story many years ago, when I was just about your age".

"She said that when God made the bumble bee, it shouldn't have been able to fly, but God whispered in its ear, 'You can do it.'

The bee trusted Him, and so it flew."

"Perhaps God made the bumble bee to show us that anything is possible if we trust in Him and believe in ourselves," said Mrs. Wagner.

At that moment, Ruby Lee flew to Ashley's shoulder and whispered in her ear, "bee-lieve!"

And with that, the wise little bee flew off into the garden, doing a few loop-the-loops.

Just because she could.

The End


Excerpted from Ruby Lee The Bumble Bee by Dawn Matheson Copyright © 2005 by Bumble Bee Productions, Inc. . Excerpted by permission.
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  • Posted January 11, 2013

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    Ruby Lee the Bumble Bee  is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's

    Ruby Lee the Bumble Bee  is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2010

    great book...only if you want to teach your kids about god

    almost picked this book up today based on all the positive reviews out there. Stopped by my local B&N today to get it. Luckily, I flipped through it a bit first.

    Look, I know it's a great book, BUT I do not teach my kids about god since they follow no religion or faith. I give it a 3/5 just because the descriptions from the vendors should pop something in there to let us know it's a god book and not simply a kid's book. I'd have been so embarrassed to have given this as a gift to any of my friends without knowing, too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2005

    Learning Through Nature!

    What a wonderful gift! Dawn Matheson and Pamela Barcita have presented a beautiful treatise on the gaining of confidence. Mrs. Wagner's garden is the perfect place to learn the ways of nature, through the gifts of a loving God. How many times in our ordinary lives have we felt we were a bumble bee! Given a task much greater than we; for we have wings far too small for our body! This book shows the possibilities for all of us; have faith and soon confidence will follow. I highly recommend this book for the quality of its production and the beauty of its message. Dawn Matheson's story and Pamela Barcita's illustrations hold the readers attention, making each page a delight. Readers, who enjoy Ruby Lee, may also enjoy 'The Ballad of Blue Eagle.' An adventure story about the animals living in Peaceful Valley and how they are protected by Blue Eagle!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2005

    Ruby Lee the Bumble Bee: A Bee's Bit of Wisdom

    I give this book 5 stars (and more). I love this book! Ruby Lee helps Ashley in the right way, and children will learn more about God and that he will be there for them! It is wonderful!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2005

    Ruby Lee the Bumble Bee: A Bee's Bit of Wisdom

    When young Ashley is handed a challenge she's sure is beyond her, it's Ruby Lee to the rescue! Ruby Lee's wisdom and common sense are just what Ashley needs to gain confidence and 'bee-lieve' in her God-given abilities. Ruby Lee The Bumble Bee encourages children to meet life's challenges with courage and faith. An inspirational tale with a universal message for people of every faith.

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